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MORNING BID – The quiet days for Apple

July 22, 2014

Apple’s been the two-ton behemoth of the stock market for so long that it is going to be surprising, in a way, to see that the company isn’t really pulling its weight anymore when it comes to its percentage of S&P 500 earnings. This sort of thing can be a bit silly, but Howard Silverblatt, the index guru over at S&P Dow Jones, points out that Apple right now is about 3.2 percent of the total market value of the S&P while at the same time accounting for an expected 2.8 percent of earnings in the S&P – the first time since 2008 that Apple hasn’t delivered a percentage of S&P earnings equivalent to its market value.

MORNING BID – Volatility, or lack thereof

April 23, 2014

It was another disappointing night for those looking for heavy volatility out of those reporting earnings – the trio of biotech stocks many were looking at, Gilead, Illumina and Amgen, had varying results, but they didn’t show the kind of bounce that some people were expecting.

MORNING BID – But I never could find…(sha na na na, sha na na na na)

February 7, 2014

An odd jobs report sets the tone for what’s likely to be another choppy day in the markets – stock futures plunged, briefly, after the Labor Department said nonfarm payrolls grew by just 113,000, but the household survey saw a drop (again) in the unemployment rate to 6.6 percent on a big gain in jobs in that survey. An odd decline of 29,000 in government payrolls offset the overall about-at-trend-but-let’s-not-kid-ourselves-about-this-being-awesome 140,000 or so gains in the private jobs market, so there’s a little bit to like, some to shake one’s head at, and still more to wonder about how many people didn’t get to work because their feet froze to the ground when they tried to get into their cars.

MORNING BID – Emerging Markets, Apple, Ma Bell, and whatever else one can think of

January 28, 2014

In the words of Inigo Montoya, let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

Optimism in Facebook options, with rebalancing at day’s end

December 20, 2013

Okay, the year *really* ends today, as the next two weeks will feature a market holiday and some real thin liquidity. Options activity was brisk on Thursday as investors dumped positions ahead of today’s quadruple-witch expiration of index futures and options.

from Ben Walsh:

Apple > Goldman (in revenue and profit per employee)

By Ben Walsh
November 1, 2013

Fortune's Philip Elmer-Dewitt finds an interesting chart in a research note from ISI's Brian Marshall. Apple is bringing in far, far more revenue per employee than other US tech companies.

Apple’s billions

October 29, 2013

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